Kish Park returns

YEAGERTOWN – Kish Park is once again.

The Derry Township Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Monday at its regular meeting to give Derry Township Community Park its original moniker back, effective immediately. The park has been known as Derry Township Community Park since 1997.

The board said it will eventually make the necessary adjustments to the sign at the entrance of the park.

Despite the name change, the same problems still exist, however.

The ash trees have been a big issue at the park. Emerald ash borers infested the trees, requiring the board to have 200 trees felled at the park. The board received a report from the state that all the ash trees in the park should be removed.

The representative from the Department of Forestry will speak at the next meeting and will have inspected the site. The representative has made several proposals to the board and has told the board he knows of people who would bid for the trees and the board is hopeful it will be able to sell lumber and use the funds to pay for new trees.

The board is going to explore ways to make decisions on which types of trees it will place in the park to replace the ash trees. The board said the trees that will be planted will be very diverse so it will not get into the situation again it is in now.

The trees that were removed from the campground area will be up for bid this week.

The board voted to obtain three telephone bids for the remainder of the work that needs to be done at the park.

The board unanimously approved a motion to direct solicitor Jeff Snook to draft either an ordinance or resolution to establish the tax collection at a rate of 3.5 percent.

The Derry Township Board of Supervisors normally meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month at its building in Yeagertown. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Feb. 4.